The mainstream media has devoted 24/7 coverage to self-described democratic-socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the youngest elected congresswoman.
But this gentleman remains in obscurity.
Fellow Patriots: Caleb Hanna is a young black man who is going places. He is a Republican who recently won a legislative office in West Virginia. His story is definitely one the MSM should cover. Maybe they missed it. Let's do their job & get him coverage. Tweet the real news! pic.twitter.com/lvhbsJGPh8
— robjh1: The Conservative Black Cowboy (@robjh1) January 8, 2019
Staunchly pro-life, 19-year-old Caleb Hanna won a historic election to the West Virginia House of Delegates last month, soundly defeating the three-term incumbent, Webster County Democrat Dana Lynch.
Hanna now serves as the youngest African-American in America to be elected to a state legislature, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.
“I’m proudly a Christian conservative and was raised on the belief that success is built with hard work, commitment and dedication – West Virginia values that continue to guide me today,” the young lawmaker said last May during his campaign.“I support the WV Pro-Life movement and have been endorsed in the Republican Primary by West Virginians for Life.
“I also fully support the 2nd Amendment and our right to bear arms. I will be a passionate, effective, and conservative fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.”
Hanna campaigned on a promise to bring “A New Era of Leadership to West Virginia government.”
— Caleb L. Hanna (@DelegateHanna) January 4, 2019
But he also has his eye on national politics.
Only 2 months since the election, and @Sen_JoeManchin can’t keep a campaign promise! We need to BUILD THE WALL and open the government! Illegal Immigration costs American taxpayers billions of dollars! Contact Sen. Manchins office and tell him to work for the wall!
— Caleb L. Hanna (@DelegateHanna) January 5, 2019
The rising GOP star, who will also pursue an economics degree at West Virginia State University as he serves, explained in a recent interview that he “first got interested in politics in the third grade” after witnessing President Barack Obama’s historic election victory.
“Here was this charismatic black man who rose to be president of the United States. I thought, ‘I can do that,’” he told Gazette-Mail.
But Hannah, the son of a coal miner, was turned off by President Obama’s policies and when it came time to vote, he registered as a Republican.
“My dad got laid off in the mines. I felt Obama’s policies were bad for West Virginia,” he said. “God, guns and babies,” he said. “That pretty much sums up my political philosophy.”
After winning the election, Hanna vowed to “be a voice of reason” at a time “when politics has become unhinged.”
“I always told myself, when I had the chance, I would try to make a difference and I would do something myself,” he said, celebrating his victory. “The incumbent that I ran against (Dana Lynch, D-Nicholas), he had been county assessor for 30-some years. He was in the House of Delegates for three terms. He was a career politician, and, frankly, he was just there to collect a paycheck…he never passed a piece of legislation that he sponsored.”
“I won’t forget who I represent: the people of West Virginia,” he added. “Thanks a million, God bless, and hope to see you around!”